Iolan Trent Latta is in an Overland Park hospital today, recovering from injuries he suffered in a one-vehicle accident north of Iola Tuesday.
Latta was injured when the farm truck he was driving dipped onto the shoulder along U.S. 169, about two miles north of Iola.
Latta lost control as he attempted to get back onto the highway. The truck crossed the highway and struck a row of trees, his father, Randy, told the Register.
He was taken to Allen County Regional Hospital, then transferred to Overland Park Regional Medical Center for injuries to his head and leg.
Randy Latta said his son suffered broken bones around his eye, and took a blow to the back of his head. He also suffered a cut to his leg.
“His eye is swollen completely shut,” Randy Latta said, adding doctors were waiting for the swelling to subside before determining whether surgery was necessary.
A passenger in the pickup, Gage Cleaver, escaped serious injury. Both were wearing seat belts.
Latta was a standout multi-sport athlete for Iola High School, having graduated in May. He has signed to pitch for Neosho County Community College for the upcoming baseball season.
An Allen County Sheriff’s Department report on the accident was unavailable by press time.
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